Question by LadyLeatherneck: Digital Camera experts please help with this question?
Until recently I have been a die hard 35mm old school fan. Unfortunately, my good old Canon Rebel 35mm was stolen along with all my accessories to include my zoom lens.
I have decided to take the leap and get a digital camera with the hopes and expectations that it will give me the same gratification as my old film camera with instant results. I was looking at the Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) + Canon 18-55mm IS Lens + Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro Lens package that is offered on amazon and was wondering if this is a relatively good start and also something that is an easy transition considering it is also a Canon . If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to send them this way. I am looking to stay under $ 1000.00 but do need and want a zoom lens to go with the camera.
A friend of mine also got me interested in a Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera that comes in a bundle that includes ♦ 1) Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera
♦ 2) Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens [Outfit]
♦ 3) Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens
♦ 4) Transcend 8GB High-Capacity SecureDigital (SDHC) Card
♦ 5) Precision Design USB 2.0 High Speed SecureDigital (SD/SDHC) Card Reader
♦ 6) Precision Design 1000 Deluxe SLR Pro Carrying Case
♦ 7) Spare LP-E5 High-Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
♦ 8) Precision Design Memory Card Storage Wallet
♦ 9) Digital Image Recovery Software
♦ 10) Precision Design Deluxe 6-Piece Lens & Digital SLR Camera Cleaning Kit
for a total of $ 865.00. How is this comparable to the aforementioned camera?
Answer by Nahum
Sorry about your loss.
Digital is pretty cool, and not having to worry about processing is a big relief. Aside from the sensor, digital DSLRs are pretty much the same as film.
If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can try the “super-zooms”, 18–200+. Range of two zooms in one. The kit you already chose is still a good start.
If you need to save money, I’d check the used offerings at places like Adorama or B&H. (They’re run by Jews, so they’re closed on their holidays.) In any case, stick with the U.S.A. warranties rather than the “grey market” offerings.
Also, plenty of reviews at places like DPReview and photo.net if you want to research some more.
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